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into Tennessee to those men. They were all webbed together
by those strands, parts of their beings, which were their own,
different each from each, coming together here, and becoming
one thing. An idea-that was it-an idea seized parts of their
individual beings and held them together and made them
coalesce. And something was made that had not existed
before. He looked around him again at those faces at the
table. Perhaps Mr. Bill and these other men here at the
table, who seemed so ordinary, were not so ordinary after
all; for they had done it Whatever it was. The thing which
they had created, which they were, at this moment, in the
act of creating, had no meaning as yet, no form. You couldn't
tell—you couldn't ever tell what a thing was until it was
dead, until the time for action was past.

"All very satisfactory, very satisfactory," the Senator was
saying as soon as the last name had been read. " With
these commitments to go on, and the crowd we've got here
today, we may go far. It may be the biggest thing this
section has ever seen. The year 1904 may be a historic year,
a banner year, for this section."

"You're damned tooting," Mr. Christian put in, "and you
tell 'era today. You get up there and r'ar back and tell 'em."

** I'll do my best," the Senator promised.

w You better," Mr. Christian said.

Then Mr. Morse, who was acting as chairman, interrupted
and asked Mr, Burden, the dark man from over near Prince-
ton, if he had any further information about warehouses.
Ttiere was, Mr, Burden said, a little to add to previous re-
pcc& Warehouses would have to be built at Millsborough
and GilTs Crossing, it seemed. There was nothing available
for lease at Millsborough, for the tobacco companies had
Wefy likely holding already tied up in one way or another—
fejtai lotmd that out quick enough. They would have to
WM. That was too bad. But the one at Gill's Crossing
;•• ;m*M k a good thing, more convenient to all the farmers
Creek section than anything the buyers could
save the farmers hauling and would give the